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Raks Spooki V
October 17, 2010, 4pm-7pm
The Regent Theatre Underground, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA
Badriya is very pleased to announce the 2010 edition of Raks Spooki--this annual event is five years old now, and continues to provide some of the darkest and most creative performances to be found on the East Coast.  Join us for an early evening of thrills, chills and most likely a giggle or two--what better way to get into the Halloween spirit than to immerse yourself in the world of gothic belly dance?  Even better, 100% of the profits will be donated to Women for Women International, who do amazing work around the globe, including some of the lands in which belly dance originated. 

Performers from New England and beyond include:
IrinaXara, Tempest, Anansi, Samara, Neylan, Di'Ahna, Anaar, Tassellations, Selcouth and Cait Capaldi, the Accaliae, Baseema, Aria Michaels, *Samantha*, Inaya Nour, Black Butterfly Dance Company and your host, Badriya al-Badi'a! 

Vending by Tempest, Anaar, PartyLites and Sassy Sparkles Too!

Tickets are $12 and are available in advance at  Get yours to be sure you're not shut out if/when we reach the venue's capacity!

Shimmy spookily,

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One good thing about driving a car, even--maybe especially--in horrid rush hour traffic is that you get the chance to listen to college radio, and hear over the course of a couple of hours alternative news, Native American music (powwow, rock, blues, whatever, so long as a Native American made it) and a show whose only unifying theme is that all the songs are sung/rapped/chanted/otherwise enunciated by women.  Need to find out what that Portuguese techno was...

I'd kind of forgotten just how damn funny powwow music can be.  Humor, as Sherman Alexie said in Indian Killer, may be born of a survival strategy, but at least it's smart, provocative strategy that works the brain.  I do miss the days when I spent a lot of time in that world.  Not long ago I googled some of the people I knew back in Chicago and Canada, and it was so wrenching how many were dead in their 50s and 60s--cancer, complications from diabetes, a mysterious death in a bar.  Here on the US East Coast we don't see Native American issues that immediately, except for casino negotiations, and it's easy to romanticize reservation life in many ways.  And indeed, it isn't all horrible, there is strong community and the continuation of traditions and values, but so much of it is truly grim, in a way that surpasses anything I've ever seen in urban settings.  One of those who has passed away told me back in my anthropology student days that I would sooner or later leave Native American issues behind, because all the students eventually do.  I was a bit insulted, and insisted no, I was in it for the long haul.  But here I am, just as he predicted.

So for Columbus Day,as it seems timely, I'm going to try to put together a list of books, movies and some music that I think every American ought to read/see/hear.  It will just be my white girl's opinion, but they will be sources that educated me, and that I know ring true to the Ojibwe, Menominee, Hochunk, Kanienkehaka, Cree, Inuit and the other peoples it has been my privilege to meet over the years.  I can--should, must--do that much, share what I have been given.  Because that's the spirit in which it was given to me.
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And maybe adopt two--I just received this from my vet at Angell.  If interested, or if you know anybody who might be, I can put you in touch with the vet.  I don't know all the details, but I assume the radiologist would pay all the upkeep costs while fostering.  If interested in adopting the two males, that could happen right away, no need to consider it fostering.  Or this could be a great way to decide if your home is right for ferrets of your own, with only a temporary commitment.


Our radiologist needs a place to foster 4 ferrets while she is doing some remodeling/putting her house on the market. 2 of the ferrets are very nice males that she would like to place (she was fostering them for someone who decided he could no longer keep them). We have used the males as blood donors in the past and would love them to go to someone who would be willing to let them remain donors. They have a large cage that will go with them and she said that if the person fostering decided to keep the males they could have the cage and she would get a smaller cage for the females. I told her I would pass this info along to my ferret contacts. Can you let me know if you have anyone who might be interested? Thanks!!!



Aug. 27th, 2010 10:12 pm
alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (Voodoo Dolly)
PSA to American restaurant-goers in Middle Eastern restaurants:  it's okay to look at the belly dancer!  It's what she's there for! ;-)
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Courage is paradoxical.  It asks us to risk something; but what do we risk?  Not our real selves.  We cannot lose what truly belongs to us.  Creative courage, then, implies only that we risk our easy answers and comfortable patterns for the sake of discovery.  And the true purpose of this risk-taking is to separate the wheat from the chaff in our inner makeup.  Within us lies an inner measure, the capacity to discriminate between integrity and falsehood.  Through creative risk-taking, we are asked to place in question, to release, that which is merely our automatic or learned characteristics--for the sake of growth and discovering our inner nature.  Though we may feel fear, we know from deep within that we must reorder our inner nature and loosen the dominance of our ego and false personality.  We are only risking the outer layers of conditioning that serve to hide us from ourselves.

Clearly, then, creativity requires courage.  Not arrogance, or false bravado, or pretension of any kind, but genuine courage.  The kind of courage that risks almost everything we know--in order to grow and expand and become what we are.

p174, The Widening Stream:  the Seven Stages of Creativity, by David Ulrich

I try.
alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (tiger dancer)
Not the dead dancing spy, but an organization that does important work for all women:

Meiver's School of Oriental Dance* Presents:
"BARAKA: A benefit for Matahari"
Annual Student Dance Recital and Showcase. Featuring diverse and mesmerizing dances from the Arab world presented by Meiver's students and guest artists.

Wednesday August 18th 2010
...7:30 PM
$15 ($13 students w/ID & Seniors)
The Multicultural Arts Center
41 Second St. Cambridge MA 02141 617.577.1400

Tickets are now available online!
At the CMAC homepage:
Direct ticket link:
Tickets are also available to purchase in person at the CMAC box office.

*We recommend buying your ticket in advance, as we expect the show to sell out.*

About Matahari:

Matahari: Eye of the Day
Ending Exploitation. Building Solidarity. Creating Community Solutions.

Matahari: Eye of the Day and its Solidarity Network projects address social injustices and human rights violations, including gender violence, slavery, sexual and labor exploitation and immigrant rights violations in the US. Our mission is to create safe, healthy communities, while shaping a strong social movement, prioritizing the leadership and voices of communities of color and immigrants. More about Matahari at

*Baraka: in Arabic means spiritual wisdom, blessings, a gift from God.
*Raqs Sharqi (Oriental Dance in Arabic) is the term used in the Arab world for what Americans call "Belly Dance."

(I am performing in Meiver's troupe and as a soloist)


Aug. 13th, 2010 09:40 am
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and the winner is... )

I got less than five hours of sleep last night and I forgot my glasses today.  It's going to be a long, headachy day...  In my own dance news, my new dance sneakers arrived last night and I wore them around the apartment to break them in a little--so glad I bought them!  They are not at all attractive, though as M said if I ever take up hip hop I'm all set for footwear.  But they provide a lot of support while still allowing flexibility, and the turning spot on the ball of the foot is pretty excellent.  I was doing pirouettes all night.  They will get a lot of use this weekend.
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Wow, I am going to get soaked tonight.  I have an umbrella, but.

I have had no time to write my varied thoughts on SYTYCD; this morning started with an overflowing clogged toilet, and it hasn't gone far uphill from there.  On the positive side, I did keep the toilet water (not remotely to be confused with eau du toilette) from flowing out onto the hardwood floors, and I have kicked Access' arse at work today.  Anyway:

Argh, not only I am going to get soaked but my meleya and veil and fans are going to get soaked too...


Jul. 30th, 2010 09:18 am
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>:-( )
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It was an interesting show last night.

Read more... )

How annoying that Project Runway and the SYTYCD results show are on at the same time tonight.  Fox and Lifetime must be affiliated, because commercials for PR were running before SYTYCD--why set up that conflict?  Bad TV execs!
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Kermit the Frog, in a long red wig and belly dance costume.


Jul. 22nd, 2010 09:58 am
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I really need to stop having favorite dancers, I do.

take better care of those kids, producers! )


Jul. 15th, 2010 10:39 am
alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (fruityoatytrio)
so you think you can dance... dance... dance... )

In other news, I've listened to the new M.I.A. album, and I like a lot about half of it, the loud abrasive non-autotuned half.  Not so convinced by the softer side.  As far as the singing and autotuning go, her unique voice has always been a major draw for me, and this material detracts from that.  Only listened to it through once though, so I'll give those songs some more chances.
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Jul. 8th, 2010 12:04 pm
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I am currently reading China Miéville's The City & The City--to the writer of the cover blurb that says the book is the lost love child of Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler raised by Franz Kafka, I say yes, that's exactly it, and oh yes, I am loving it.  About a third of the way in so far.

Oh, and last night was SYTYCD.  SYTYCD spoilers )

It made it all the way down to 82 in the house this morning, so the ferrets got to come out and do their own dancing for a bit.  Happy weasels!

alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (Voodoo Dolly)
The Fifth Annual Raks Spooki--Call for Performers!
Sunday, October 17, 4-7pm
Regent Underground Theatre, Arlington, MA

I am now accepting proposals for Raks Spooki performance pieces.  Raks Spooki is an annual gothic belly dance event, so pieces must be gothic in nature, ideally performed to gothic music.  Dramatic story telling and overarching thematic content strongly encouraged--I am looking for diverse performances with plenty of thought and meaning in their conception.  Pieces should be no longer than 6 minutes.  There will be 15 slots available. 

Your performance proposal should include:

-your stage name/troupe name
-something about who you are as a dancer
-your music choice
-a brief description of your performance concept
-a link to a previous performance video (rehearsal or demo footage also okay)

Submissions will be accepted until July 31, and the line-up will be announced by August 8.

Send proposals via email to  Do not send your proposal via Facebook, LiveJournal or Tribe message, or via any other social network.  Your cooperation in this regard is appreciated.

*This year I am reserving 5 slots (1/3 of the total) for performers who have not previously participated in Raks Spooki (if you have previously performed as part of a troupe but would like to do your first Raks Spooki solo, you count as a new performer; new troupes/duets also count as new performers, if they are a combination of dancers that has not previously appeared together at Raks Spooki).  So I encourage those of you who have never participated to please submit proposals!* 

Looking forward to hearing from you all, and please feel free to ask me any questions you might have before submitting a proposal.

shimmy spookily,

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tabarnac it is hot hot hot!


Jul. 1st, 2010 11:47 am
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Alex Wong was off the hook last nightif I were mary murphy I'd scream! )

One of the numbers was to the second new M.I.A. single, XXXO, first time I'd heard it.  Not so impressed, rather commercially bland for her.  That probably wasn't the whole song, though.

This earl grey and lavender tea I am drinking is so good I might have another cup, but then my tummy will hate me :-\


Jun. 25th, 2010 10:23 am
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I have not been able to do my usual SYTYCD posts as I've been busy at work and also exhausted.  But brief thoughts on this week...  thoughts )
Looking forward to dancing myself all weekend, with the Mohammed El-Hosseny workshops and show.  Working on my piece last night was eh, but I had just walked a mile in the 90 degree oppressive pre-thunderstorm heat and I haven't slept much this week, so I hope that old maxim of poor rehearsal, great show holds true.  I'll be good and warmed up by 5pm on Sunday, that's for sure!


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